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Chamber membership still climbing

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce has almost matched its 2012 membership total.
The Chamber has 83 members, down one from its 2012 mark
“We keep climbing a little bit,” Chamber president Terry Daniel said of the slow climb in 2013.
Daniel provided an update on membership Thursday during the Chamber’s luncheon meeting at the Rural Alberta Business Centre.
The membership has grown by four since Daniel’s last report in June, when 79 members had paid their dues.
Membership in the Chamber of Commerce helps fund activities the organization undertakes for the benefit of Fort Macleod.
The Chamber of Commerce organizes the antique sale and show in June and co-ordinates the Midnight Madness late-night shopping event during the Christmas Festival, the Christmas Shopping Spree promotion and the Christmas light contest.
The Chamber also co-ordinates the annual Citizen of the Year awards program.
The Chamber is responsible for hiring and supervising the Main Street cleaning crew during the summer.
This past year the Chamber took an active role in lobbying town council to reduce the tax burden on business owners.
The Fort Macleod group is a member of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, which operates several programs available to all Chamber members in the province.
The Alberta Chamber administers a staff benefits plan, a discount gasoline program, and a discount program for major hotels.
It also provides members a lower rate for operating credit card and Interac machines.
The Chamber has maintained its membership fees at the same level as last year. The Fort Macleod Chamber’s membership fee structure is as follows:

  • $25 a year for non-business individual membership.
  • $75 a year for businesses with one employee.
  • $100 a year for businesses with two to 10 employees.
  • $125 a year for businesses with 11 to 49 employees.
  • $175 a year for businesses with 50 to 75 employees.
  • $200 a year for businesses with 76 or more employees.

For information about becoming a Chamber of Commerce member phone Terry Daniel at 403-553-3991.

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